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Catch-As Catch-Can (1931)

TV-G  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  22 August 1931 (USA)
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ZaSu falls for a wrestler, drags Thelma to his next fight.



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Cast overview:
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Strangler Sullivan (as Guinn Williams)
Reed Howes ...
Harry (Strangler's manager)


Roommates Thelma and ZaSu are phone operators at the Empire Hotel. Thelma is frank and brassy; ZaSu, who misses the cows of Joplin, is laconic and droll. Thelma's boyfriend Harry manages the Strangler, a wrestler homesick for Kansas. Even though there's a big match that night, with all of Harry's money riding on it, the Strangler wants to leave for home now. When he stops at the operators' station to call home, he chats with ZaSu. They click and Harry realizes that Thelma's pal might be the key to keeping the Strangler in town for the bout. And the wrestling match? Should ZaSu throw her hat in the ring? Written by <>

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Short | Comedy






Release Date:

22 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the Film Classics re-release plaque title card, Zasu Pitts' name is misspelled Zazu. See more »


Zasu: And you wanted Lawrence do you? Lawrence Kansas? Just a minute.
Zasu: Long Distance!
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Followed by Sneak Easily (1932) See more »

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Excuse me, Mr. Roach, but you forgot to make this film funny!
6 September 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have seen quite a few of the Thelma Todd/Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd/Patsy Kelly shorts and must say that by and large they are pretty awful. While the Hal Roach Studio made some wonderfully funny films (such as Laurel & Hardy and Charley Chase), they also made some obviously lesser series during this same heyday of the late 20s and early 1930s--such as The Boy Friends and the Thelma Todd comedies. There are several problems with the material--most of which is that the writers just seemed to be asleep and included very little funny material. Plus, unlike their A-teams, Todd & Pitts were NOT the whole show but many bit players were included to get the laughs--as if they didn't trust the ladies to be funny.

This film finds Guinn Williams as a wrestler who is sick of the city and wants to go back home to the farm. However, he is also infatuated with Zasu and so Williams' agent tries to get her help to keep him from giving up his career. There are a few very, very small laughs here and there, but no more.

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